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Picking up a good signal,

Can the weather, ie, heavy clouds stop your tomtom from picking up a good signal, most of the time my tomtom works well, just now and then it will go a little crazy, like last night for a while, but then later in the evening was working better, we did have some heavy clouds last night...

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Yes cloud cover and heavy rain can affect the signal from the satelites.

Posted on Jun 30, 2009

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